Tableau Software has made Tableau 2019.2 available. The new version of the data visualization software extends its background mapping technology with vector maps. This allows more detailed location information to be highlighted and analyzed based on background layers with more contextual information.

The new vector maps need both detailed information and smoother exploration capabilities than mapping solutions that use images. The map size is automatically adjusted by Tableau as users zoom in or out, or slide in. In addition, the map does not need to load images, which means that users do not have to worry about interruptions in their analysis flow.

The background mapping technology is based on Mapbox. In this version of the software, the new Mapbox map layers with background information are intended to provide more context for geospatial data, such as labels for metro and train stations, and land and ponds.

Parameter actions

Tableau 2019.2 not only focuses on location data, but also contains other new functionality. One of them is parameter actions, which makes it possible to modify the parameters that form the basis of calculations, analysis functions and reference lines. Users only need to select data points in a visualization. The function should make it easier to perform complex, interactive analyses, such as comparative analyses and time-bound analyses.

Advice from end users

Functionality has also been added based on input from the community around Tableau. In this way, Ask Data provides more powerful and flexible analyses based on assignments in colloquial language. Questions can be typed in natural language and on that basis calculations can be made. It is also possible to ask more functional questions, such as replacing or adding data elements, and to gain insight into the questions that people ask via user analyses.

Furthermore, reference lines are equipped with adjustable tooltips, which can be used, for example, to change the text and disable the tooltip completely. Dashboard containers can also be hidden and a dashboard can be provided with a new worktop at the click of a mouse. There is also a new feature for exploring content via a personalized Tableau Server homepage and biometric security such as Touch ID and Face ID is available for mobile users.

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